As many as 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Locally, in addition to raising funds for research, the Alzheimer’s Association is the primary community resource where families and professionals turn for information, education and support. The Association’s major services include the 24/7 telephone helpline; education programs and outreach; family and early stage support groups; care consultation; Safe Return Program; art program; lending library; website; and on-line education trainings. Nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research.
The Abilene regional office of the Alzheimer’s Association is staffed by a full-time regional director and case worker. Together, these two professionals share responsibility for service delivery and fund raising in a 14 county area. Financial support to maintain and expand the reach of local services is always needed. Hands- on-assistance from volunteers is essential in promoting and providing local programs, as well as carrying out fund raising activities. Volunteers are also needed to support advocacy efforts with ongoing contacts to state and federal elected representatives. Donations for research support are always appreciated to help in the organization’s boarder efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
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